September 22nd, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-09-22

 

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Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Boone Jenner had himself a fine showing on Saturday. The hard-nosed former Oshawa Generals captain was credited with two goals – the first of which was a shot through traffic and sort of iffy, the second of which was spectacular – while playing the wing alongside Brandon Dubinsky and Marian Gaborik.

 

The knock on Jenner has always been his foot speed, but he flashed legitimate average at least NHL skating ability on Saturday while lined up against most of Pittsburgh’s actual defense-corps. Jenner has four points in the past two postseason games, and no one would be surprised in the least to see him make the Jackets roster out of training camp.

 

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Jenner is a guy to watch on the waiver wire this season, especially if you’re playing in a matchup league. If Jenner’s minutes spike, he could be good for points, hits and PIM this year. But it seems to me that his line-mate on Saturday, Brandon Dubinsky, is the better fantasy sleeper.

 

Dubinsky missed nearly 20 games to injury last season, but still managed 29 points. Yeah he only scored two goals, but that’s why he might be available late in fantasy drafts this season. And anyway his career low 4% personal shooting percentage last season (5.1% below his career average) is bound to regress.

 

Anyway I see Dubinsky as a pretty reasonable bet to give you 120 hits from the center position, 15 goals, and 20 assists this season.

 

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Marc-Andre Fleury was beat three times on the first six shots he faced. He settled down somewhat after that but boy, oh boy, if I’m a Pittsburgh fan I’m very happy the organization has Tomas Vokoun to turn too in a inch. Wait what?

 

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In all seriousness, really scary situation facing Tomas Vokoun. It’s especially concerning since this seems like an issue the 37 year-old Czech stalwart has dealt with in the past. Hopefully he’ll be able to recover and return to playing hockey this season.

 

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A couple of young defenseman stood out to me in particular on Saturday (I was in theScore newsroom on Saturday, so I was able to stream a number of games simultaneously) – Pittsburgh prospect Olli Maata and Winnipeg defenseman Jacob Trouba. Neither turned in a flashy game, but both players were steady and composed and looked very much NHL-ready playing big minutes against NHL caliber competition.

 

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Jussi Jokinen’s hat-trick on Saturday included this beauty (click the link to see the .gif), which, if we’re being honest was all Malkin. Malkin is so big and confident that he’ll just turn his back to the defender in traffic. What a player.

 

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Nathan Gerbe put in a pretty serious game on Saturday. A fighting major, a beautiful goal, and five shots. Not too bad for a 5-foot-5 flyweight.

 

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Here’s Brendan Gallagher versus Nathan Gerbe. I’ll just leave this here for your viewing pleasure:

 

 

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